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boot up from FreeSpire harddisk and highlight FreeSpire title in GRUB Menu. press e, select kernel line and press e again. edit kernel line. it should look like this Code: ...
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    boot up from FreeSpire harddisk and highlight FreeSpire title in GRUB Menu. press e, select kernel line and press e again.
    edit kernel line. it should look like this
    Code:
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.14-gratis  root=/dev/root rootdev=0x0301 ramdisk=35392 video=vesafb:nomtrr jiffymount=noatime resume2=swap:/dev/hda1:0x44000 vga=0x311 splash=silent
    Hit Enter key and press b. does FreeSpire boot up? if yes, replace kernel line in menu.lst file with above line.

    post the contents of /boot/grub/device.map file.
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    Ok the code got me back into the freespire hdd.

    /boot/grub/device.map:

    Code:
    (hd0) /dev/hda

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    did you add (hd1) /dev/hdb in device.map file earlier?
    contents of device.map file should be
    Code:
    (hd0) /dev/hda
    (hd1) /dev/hdb
    Windows XP should boot up after adding that line in device.map file.
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    I didn't add the line earlier but I did once I got back into the freespire disk. To be honest, everytime I edit the device.map file and save it (using sudo kwrite) after I reboot, the file returns to orginal - i.e. no line that reads:
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    (hd1) /dev/hdb

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    it means some init script is re-writing device.map file on every boot up. i have to look into this. i dont have access to FreeSpire box right now. i will post back soon.
    ( 8-10 hrs at least, sorry ! ).
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    it means some init script is re-writing device.map file on every boot up. i have to look into this. i dont have access to FreeSpire box right now. i will post back soon.
    ( 8-10 hrs at least, sorry ! ).
    No problem. I appreciate all the help you are giving me. I know that the answer will probably be something simple and easy. I will await your investigation into this. I will do a little research also and see what happens, but with my limited knowledge of linux I will probably waiting till you respond

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    execute this
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    chmod a-x /sbin/jiffy*
    edit device.map file again and reboot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devils_casper View Post
    execute this
    Code:
    chmod a-x /sbin/jiffy*
    edit device.map file again and reboot.
    Ok did all that and still device.map didn't save.

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    thats weird. it worked on my friend's machine.
    i am going to install FreeSpire on my test machine to check it. you have to wait for a few hours again.
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    jiffyboot binary re-writes device.map file.
    checks its correct name in /etc/rcS.d folder. its S37jiffyboot in my machine.
    rename it to Kxxjiffyboot. xx is 100-37. so, in my machine, it will be K63jiffyboot.
    Code:
    sudo mv S37jiffyboot K63jiffyboot
    edit device.map file again and reboot.
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